Monday, January 22, 2024

Titan Rescue

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On the morning of Sunday, 18th June 2023, Titan, a submersible containing five men, slipped slowly down into the cold North Atlantic waters. Their plan was to descend to the ocean floor, survey the wreckage of the ocean liner, the Titanic, and then return slowly to the surface. However, less than two hours into the dive, the submersible stopped communicating with the support vessel on the surface. The Titan did not reappear, and the US Coast Guard was informed. An unprecedented international rescue operation was launched, and all available resources were utilised in order to effect the rescue of the five men lost in the depths of the sea, before their emergency oxygen ran out.

Tragically, it was not to be. On the Thursday afternoon it was announced that debris had been located near the Titanic’s bow. The Titan had suffered a catastrophic failure and had been crushed by the unimaginable pressure. The five men had likely been killed in an instant. All of the effort expended in pursuit of a rescue proved to be utterly in vain; it would have made no difference if every resource and skill on Planet Earth had been applied: the passengers were already beyond rescuing, even before anyone knew they were missing.These tragic events serve as a parallel of our own condition. The Bible says that in our natural state we are at an insurmountable distance from God, “dead in trespasses and sins” Ephesians 2.1, in great danger of perishing eternally, and absolutely helpless to save ourselves. As soon as the crew of the Titan lost contact with the support vessel it was recognised that they would be unable to rescue themselves. Sadly, it was later discovered that no help on earth was sufficient to rescue them. Many people recognise that their sin is serious, deserving judgment, and that they need to be ‘rescued’ if they are ever to be in Heaven. But they think that through a great application of effort or resources, such as good works, prayers, or giving to charity, they will be able to rescue themselves. However, the Bible says that salvation is “not of works” Ephesians 2.9, and even the good things that we try to do are but “filthy rags” Isaiah 64.6, compared to God’s perfect standard.

How then are we to be rescued from the terrible consequences of our sin? In His great love, God sent His own Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, into this world. He came, as it were, into the depths and the darkness where we were drowning in our sins, in order that He might rescue us. He provided the means of rescue by taking the full punishment for our sins upon Himself, on the cross. The Scripture likens the experience of the Saviour there to a man, drowning alone in the depths of the sea, with no one to pity or help him in his plight: “I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow Me … I looked for some to take pity, but there was none” Psalm 69.2,20. Such was the love of the Lord Jesus for you and me that He willingly endured the sorrow, the suffering, the loneliness, the darkness, the depths of the cross, in order that He might rescue us. The tragedy of the Titan was that even though there was a desire to conduct a rescue, those with the will did not have the power to do so. How thankful we should be for the Lord Jesus, Who has both the desire and the ability to rescue a sinner from his sin, and raise him up out of darkness and death into the light, life and joy of His salvation.

Dear friend, try as you might, you are unable to rescue yourself: if you are to be saved from your sin you must depend completely on Another. The Lord Jesus Christ is both willing and able to save you, and He will, if you will trust Him.

Souls in danger, look above, Jesus completely saves;
He will lift you by His love out of the angry waves.
He’s the Master of the sea, billows His will obey;
He your Saviour wants to be – be saved today!

Used by kind permission of Assembly Testimony 


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